Limerick Literary Festival 2017 in honour of Kate O'Brien

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February 23rd-26th 2017

This year’s theme is “City of Bridges”

The Festival, formerly known as Kate O’Brien Weekend, is this year celebrating its 33rd edition. The event continues to honour the life and works of the Limerick author, while attracting prominent participants from all over the world. Building on this significant history, the Limerick Literary Festival seeks to promote Limerick nationally as a place of literary excellence and to provide a platform where readers can meet their favourite authors and other readers. This year, we have gathered up to 20 participants from Ireland, England, Italy and the US in six different venues in Limerick city.

The Festival will officially be opened on Friday, February 24th at 6pm in Limerick City Gallery of Art in Pery Square by journalist Olivia O’Leary.

It will be followed by “ As Music and Splendour “ recital with bass-baritone Kevin Neville.

On Thursday night, in conjunction with Chez le Fab, by the river at Arthur’s Quay Park, UL Professor and author Eoin Devereux will deliver an illustrated talk on Oscar Wilde and Morrissey. Expect some great music (and wine).

Earlier on Friday, in association with The Granary, Limerick City Library, we are delighted to welcome Martin Dyar and Donal Ryan, for what will be a free event.

On Saturday, in Limerick City Gallery of Art,  we welcome poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa, novelist Mary Lawson, historian Thomas Pakenham, prize-winning writer Mike McCormack, Italian novelist Francesca Melandri in conversation with Mary Coll and esteemed poet Richard Blanco. Marie Hackett, Honorary French Consul in Limerick, will pay tribute to the late French author Michel Deon.

On Saturday morning, in Ormston House, Patrick Street, we are delighted to introduce Christopher Lloyd and Limerick author Roisin Meaney to our younger audience as a free public event. Details here.

On Sunday morning, in the Lime Tree Theatre, Dr Cinta Ramblado will present “Kate O’Brien’s Versions of Spain”. It will be followed by renowned musician Bill Whelan and broadcaster Liz Nolan revealing their choice of books in Desert Island Books, including “the book I would never lend”. And finally, popular novelist Cecelia Ahern will be in conversation with esteemed author Donal Ryan.

We will, once again, be presenting the Kate O’Brien Award to best novel/short story collection by a debut Irish female writer.

Limerick Literary Festival gratefully acknowledges all our sponsors including the Arts Council, Limerick City and County Council and local businesses.

We hope you will enjoy the 2017 edition of the Limerick Literary Festival in honour of Kate O’Brien, celebrating writers, artists, books and readers.